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“At first light, you ride swiftly over the village bridge; Plum blossoms fall on the stream and unmelted snow. With the days short and the weather cold, it’s sad to see a guest depart;...”“ that moon became the pivot of my heart”‘people ask about the way to Cold Mountain: Plain roads don't get through Cold Mountain ....My heart is not as same as yours, dear sirIf your heart were like mine,You’d be here already”Han-shan
All of Red Pine's translations are excellent as are these. I am currently in China and one interesting aside is that my calligraphy teacher was thrilled by this book as it contains both the English translation and the traditional Chinese characters. Poetry with traditional Chinese characters is difficult to find these days in China because of the dominance of simplified characters. These poems are moving, historically fascinating, and excellent models for students of Chinese calligraphy.
Another book of zen poetry that I really enjoyed. I reread the poems in here often.For my full review see - The Clouds Should Know Me By Now: Buddhist Poet Monks of China
A very wide range of previously unknown poems. There is a surprisingly modern "voice" which emerges in them. I recommend reading this book before and after you read Bill Porter's, Road to Heaven. Road to Heaven is a documentary about his encounters with China's hermit monks. I'll need to read both again to pin down the connection. It may just be that Bill Porter is Red Pine (his Buddhist name) and that he also serves as one of the translators in this very lovely book.
Very enjoyable book of poetry! I had heard of some of the authors before, but there were also some new ones, such as Shih Shu and Ching An.
This is a truly wonderful collection of voices from distant times and places. So evocative, the reader’s imagination is immediately transported far away on the strength of the ancient poets’ sparing words. Although I have no way of knowing, I imagine this translation into English must be excellent, since a poor one could never make such enjoyable reading.
I met Red Pine ten tears ago. A good book to read and reread.